Gravel Dominates Again; Leads all 25 at Williams Grove
David Gravel Celebrates in Victory Lane on Friday night at ‘The Grove’
David Gravel – 2. Pennsylvania Posse – 0. For the second consecutive night Gravel started on the pole and ran away from the competition leading from start to finish. It was Gravel’s second career Williams Grove win, the other being the prestigious National Open, and his seventh win of the 2017 season.
Just like Wednesday at Lincoln, the dash inversion fell on Gravel just right lining the Connecticut native on the front row of the dash with fellow World of Outlaw driver Brad Sweet.
The 25-lap feature saw Gravel take the early lead before a caution for Lucas Wolfe and Joey Saldana, who were both running in the top ten, on lap three. On the ensuing restart, Gravel again established a large lead over Sweet, Donny Schatz, Greg Hodnett and Daryn Pittman. As lapped traffic thickened, Gravel’s lead was trimmed. At that point Schatz had worked by Sweet for the runner-up spot and Freddie Rahmer had gotten by Hodnett for fourth.
Rahmer got together with the lapped car of Jason Sides bringing out the yellow and lining up a double-file restart. Schatz took a look underneath Gravel to no avail, but Rahmer was able to get by Sweet for third before a caution flag flew for Danny Dietrich, who had been running in the top ten, on lap 21 setting up a four lap dash to the finish.
Schatz once again took a look under Gravel but was unable to make anything stick as Gravel continued to control the rest of the way to pick up his second consecutive victory. “This is a really great team. I’m glad to have found a home here at CJB,” Gravel said in Victory Lane. When asked about his success this season and his seventh win of 2017 Gravel said, “It’s crazy. We are just going to keep going. We just need to continue to put ourselves in position to win races like we have this week.”
Schatz finished second in front of Rahmer, who extended his Williams Grove point lead. Sweet and Hodnett rounded out the top five.
Pittman, 13th starting Brian Montieth, Lance Dewease and World of Outlaw rookies Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks rounded out the top ten.
Gravel’s win was worth $8,000. Everyone will have a clean slate tomorrow night as the Pennsylvania Posse try to avoid being swept. Tomorrow’s race is the Morgan Cup, which will be awarded to either the Pennsylvania Posse or World of Outlaws depending on the winner of the feature. The feature will pay $17,000 to the winner. Lance Dewease is the defending champion.